When it comes to multimedia, working with the right design group makes all the difference. At Helm Studios, we are committed to creating solutions that will enhance your company’s profitability and ultimate success.
We are a small team of highly skilled professionals. The advantage to being a boutique operation is that we do not carry the overhead of a large media agency. Consequently, we are able to offer more competitive pricing, as well as a more personal working relationship with you, the client.
When you contact Helm Studios, your initial consultation will either be with Aron Locke or Steve Thorne. Both Aron and Steve manage and oversee all jobs, no matter how large or small and are responsible for selecting other specialized team members to help execute a project.
Producer / Partner
Since graduating from Ryerson Film School in 1998, Stephen has enjoyed over ten years of professional film and television experience. He initially broke into the industry as a young and hungry cinematographer. Between 1999 and 2003, his hard work earned him the chance to shoot numerous music videos and commercials, many of which saw healthy rotation on Much Music.
In 2000, one of his commercial projects took top honors at the London International Advertising Awards. In 2005, he formed Helm Studios Inc. with partner Aron Locke and began launching several exciting projects under that banner. Shortly after, Helm Studios partnered with Rickshau Media Inc. and co-created Urban Outdoor Adventures. In only its second week, the environmentally conscious show became the highest rated program in its category on Outdoor Life Network. Two full seasons of Urban Outdoor Adventures allowed Steve to hone his skills as a producer and an editor.
Throughout his 10 years in the industry, Steve has worked with such diverse clients as Discovery Channel, CTV and Fairmont Hotels and Resorts.
As an experienced pilot and scuba diver, Steve can follow his passion anywhere. As an avid naturalist and adventurer, Steve has carried his camera everywhere from the jungles of Maui and Costa Rica to the legendary Everglade swamp.
Steve is most happy when hiking through the bush with a camera bag and his beat-up Tilley hat.
Creative Director / Partner
Aron Locke has been a successful multimedia designer since 1995. His love for computers and technology date back as far as grade school when he started running his own BBS on his Commodore 64. In high school he was the very first amongst his peers to have an email account and as soon as the very first version of Photoshop was released, Aron jumped on the bandwagon and immersed himself into the exciting world of graphic art and design.
This exposure to the creative capabilities of computers and technology at a young age, paved the way for Aron’s future career in multimedia. After studying at Trebas Institute in Toronto, Canada and receiving his diploma in Interactive Multimedia, he carried out many freelance contracts until he took a full-time position as a web designer and usability manager at Bell Canada for 4 years.
Having many creative ideas of his own, Aron decided to venture out with his business partner, Stephen Thorne, to build their own web/graphic design and video production company.
Aron is the creative eye of the company. He is always full of new and innovative ideas and always keeps abreast of new software, applications and trends. With a wealth of knowledge when it comes to design and technology, the right solution can be applied to any application request.
When he’s not working, Aron has a great love for the outdoors and often fantasizes about living off the grid. His most passionate hobby is producing electronic music in his basement studio and he has a real eye (and nose) for gourmet cooking.